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Celebrating Picasso’s Artistic Legacy

Pablo Picasso is arguably the most important artistic figure of the twentieth century. Before the age of fifty, the Spanish born artist had become the most well known name in Modern Art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation.

One of history’s most influential artists, Pablo Picasso devoted his life to art for nearly eighty years. This month marks half a century since his death, but his legacy continues to thrill and inspire artists and art lovers worldwide. Picasso's free spirit, his eccentric style, and his complete disregard for what others thought of his work and creative style, made him a catalyst for artists to follow.

Throughout the long course of his career, Picasso created more than twenty thousand paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics. Over the past decade, Gladwell & Patterson have delighted in our fortune to exhibit some of Pablo Picasso’s great masterpieces. His innovation and genius continue to inspire beyond his time and we invite you to join us in celebration of this unique and important figure of the twentieth century.

Pablo Picasso’s Jacqueline au Bandeau encapsulates the startling vitality of the artist’s late period, memorialising not only the expressive style which he pioneered; but also his reinvention of the possibilities of printmaking. Picasso commissioned this bronze relief in 1964, of an original linocut entitled Femme au Cheveux Flous, which he created two years prior, as a unique encapsulation of one of his most accomplished print series. Cherished first by Picasso and then his descendants for nearly sixty years, we are proud to present this distinctive work to the public for the first time.

Read more about this exclusive bronze relief sculpture by Pablo Picasso here.

Out of all of Picasso’s unrivalled contributions to twentieth century culture, his successes in elevating decorative media to the status of a fine art is perhaps his most significant legacy. From collage, to ceramics, to printmaking, he continually sought to expand the material language of art; yet the field upon which he had the greatest impact were tapestries and textiles. La Serrure, a knitted wool tapestry designed by the artist and made in 1955, thus stands as an encapsulation of his achievement.

Read more about this vibrant tapestry by Pablo Picasso here.


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